Filename extension gendex.txt[1]
Type of format Genealogy data exchange

GENDEX (GENealogical inDEX) is a specification to export the index of a genealogical home page to a global name index service. Developed by Eugene W. Stark[2] as a feature of his GEDCOM to HTML translator software, GED2HTML.[3] Stark's GENDEX site originally accepted the GENDEX files until that site was retired in 2004, since then other sites have continued to support the format.

Format[edit | edit source]

Each line in a GENDEX file represents the reference to a person record. Each GENDEX record has the following fields, each terminated by a '|' character:

Reference|SURNAME|given name /SURNAME/|date of birth|place of birth|date of death|place of death|                                                
  • field 1: file name of web page referring to the individual
  • field 2: surname of the individual
  • field 3: full name of the individual
  • field 4: date of birth or christening (optional)
  • field 5: place of birth or christening (optional)
  • field 6: date of death or burial (optional)
  • field 7: place of death or burial (optional)

The full name field and the date fields have the format as it appears in the GEDCOM NAME and DATE record.

Example[edit | edit source]

E.g. the URL to a genealogical person record is . The first part including the '=' is the static base URL, which is constant for each person record. The 'I0001' is the variable part, which refers each individual. The GENDEX file could look like this:

I0001|MILLER|Jhon A. /MILLER/|30 JUN 1899|Berlin|20 SEP 1905|Hamburg|
I0002|SMITH|Ann /SMITH/||England||||

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